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  • Summary: Need for Speed Hot Pursuit players will experience the thrill of the chase and the rush of the escape as they play through full careers as both a cop and a racer – solo or connected. The blistering speeds, brutal busts and heart-stopping getaways are all connected via Need for Speed Autolog. This network not only connects friends for epic head-to head pursuits and races, but also enables players to compare performances and stats, thereby setting the stage for the ultimate in friendly competition. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 70 out of 73
  2. Negative: 1 out of 73
  1. Dec 19, 2010
    100
    With so many modes and diverse rewards to uncover in Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit, it almost feels like 2.5 games in one package. Plus, the fact that the online component works so incredibly, and we still can't pick a favorite between playing as a cop or racer speaks volumes to the game's quality. Quite simply, there is no better, more accessible racing game out there.
  2. Dec 19, 2010
    93
    With the exception of some overly long load screens and a bit of snapback computer AI, there's not much about Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit that's hard to recommend.
  3. Dec 11, 2010
    90
    Just the simple chance to be able to get behind the wheel of a car that controls like a ballistic missile with cup holders and a stereo, and do all you can to contradict the stern message of TV shows like Police, Camera, Action that high speed police pursuits aren't the coolest thing in the world is worth the price of admission on its own. In fact, the only potential crime that could be committed here would be if you allowed Hot Pursuit to escape your attentions.
  4. Jan 11, 2011
    90
    Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit bend together the best features of two epic arcade franchise like Burnout and Need For Speed in a game that has an accessible, funny and solid gameplay structure. And then there is Autolog, the best multiplayer system ever made for an arcade game that instantly puts the player in constant challenge with thousand of other racers.
  5. Dec 19, 2010
    88
    While Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit's AI issues and lacking soundtrack keep it from racing perfection; it's still well worth your time, thanks to a huge online component and plenty of fast-paced racing action.
  6. Dec 19, 2010
    85
    The decision to let Criterion tackle the Need for Speed franchise has paid off massively. They've produced one of the simplest, yet endlessly engrossing racers of the generation, which is all down to their superb ability to balance how each race plays out.
  7. Dec 11, 2010
    25
    It's enough to make a fellow pine for the innocent days of yore, when Activision's Blur may have been a vehicle for Facebook nags, but at least it had the courtesy to include an actual game.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 64
  2. Negative: 19 out of 64
  1. Nov 18, 2010
    10
    Well first off,the game DOESN'T beat Gran Turismo or Forza 3 but does give a comeback in years.. Hot Pursuit thumps and wrecks Shift in evry possible way.. The game has brought back the originality of the Need for Speed series and it really deserves recognition in every way necessary.. EA has crashed and burnt with this series but now they are croosing on the high way well done EA!!! It's an adrenaline rush from when you crash into an incoming car or use you speed boost to go to first!!!! If EA stuck with this who knows where they could of been right NOW!!!! Expand
  2. Jul 16, 2012
    10
    Take Need for Speed's beautiful exotic cars, the Hot Pursuit series' signature stunning locales, full Cop and Racer campaigns and Criterion's mastery of arcade-racing controls and what do you get? One of the best racing games ever made. I have a few minor gripes like how the Hyper series selection is of lower quality compared to the other series and the level 3 weapons can get pretty ridiculous, especially the nearly impossible to avoid lvl 3 roadblocks. However, they're a microscopic blemish on an otherwise perfect racing game. Expand
  3. Feb 2, 2011
    9
    Simply an outstanding racer. Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit strikes a perfect balance between arcade and simulator. While the career may get a little old at times, the Autolog system definitely makes challenging your friends a hell of a lot more fun. Online competition is intense, and I really enjoyed playing as both the racers and the cops. Simply put, this is Criterion's best game since Burnout Revenge. Expand
  4. Nov 20, 2011
    8
    The Game has the best Need for speed graphics to date, the cars handle great (Arcade Style) and the landscapes look amazing. When you step into a chase race, you really feel the music and the adrenaline that comes with it. Its the most rewarding cops and robbers car chase game there is. The matches work simple, you log in to the HUB where you see all your new and old matches waiting for you to click on. You can either be a Regular Racing Punk, or a Cop. You vehicle upgrades as well, the upgrading system does not work like NFS Most wanted. It upgrades with the time line of your matches that you've completed. There are plenty of cars to race with and plenty of matches to chase people. When you Step into a high level car chase on any of the sides (cops/punks) you are in for the ride of your Life.

    For the price of 30$ new this is well worth your money
    if you were looking for a new racing game and didn't get what you wanted from NFS THE RUN. Pick this game up. Its beautiful and riveting ------
    Cons No Open World Chases
    EA Pass needed to play Online.
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  5. Feb 22, 2012
    6
    If you like repetitive arcade racers that look good, but have terrible collision detection and AI that can pull turns on a dime, this is the game for you. Honestly, this game looks great and sounds great, but I cannot let the collision and AI problems go unnoticed considering this entire game is predicated on the concept of stopping racers or not being stopped by the cops. I have, on too many occasions, watched the AI blow through a called in road block, literally bumping the cop car out of the way, take no damage and keep going at full speed when it SHOULD have resulted in significant damage and slow down. I have, on too many occasions, t-boned a drifting car at top speed, as a police officer, only for the AI to take no damage and actually get bumped ahead. The AI never misses a shortcut or a drift, and can magically avoid traffic or simply glance off them (whereas if the player tries glancing off the car, it's damage and slow down). Multiplayer is equally a mess, with the collision detection problems magnified by lag. Maybe worth picking up now that it's in the greatest hits bin, but only if you like playing, essentially, the same tired things over and over with significant amounts of frustration. ||| @BillGR17: Sorry, I can't let this slide... This is NOT "the real Need for Speed". Go back and play the original NFS: Hot Pursuit on PC then come back and play this garbage. The difference is night and day. There was so much more to do in the original Hot Pursuit, and skill played a much larger factor. Not like this one where you have to be LUCKY to get in a position to outsmart the AI who can maneuver in ways you can't, regardless of control scheme. This game is absolutely bland compared to the original Hot Pursuit which, even though that game had its AI issues, was much closer to the ORIGINAL Need for Speed than this mess. This is Burnout Light with better graphics. Expand
  6. Nov 2, 2011
    4
    I wanted to like this game, looked at the critics reviews, I should buy it. The best thing about it is the graphics, but even some parts of it are bad. It is almost impossible to see oncoming traffic. The second good thing is the car list and you don't have to buy them. That's it. The bad things: Handling is terrible, boring, opponents with the same car drive much faster than you (I'm not that bad at driving games). Some call it the best Need for Speed ever but I don't think so. It's the worst one. I have played almost all NFS games. They haven't beat Underground 2 yet. I bought it used and I have to buy an online pass for 800 MS points to play online. Go CENSORED yourself. I liked Burnout Paradise made by Criterion Games, but this one is poor. I want to sell this, REALLY!!! Expand
  7. Jul 24, 2011
    0
    OK. This game is RIDICULOUSLY HORRIBLE. The graphics are the only good thing about it. HOW DO U MAKE A RACING GAME WITHOUT MANUAL TRANSMISSION? SERIOUSLY?

    I was so unbelievably disappointed when i bought this game. If there was a way to give a negative rating, i would give this game a -500. Not only is there no manual transmission (as if that wasnt enough) it doesnt even have an adequate rating system for each car. The physics engine sucks. If you want a racing game, you need a good physics engine with MANUAL TRANSMISSION. I dont understand how difficult it would be for them to provide a patch for manual transmission. F**K EA and CRITERION. They shouldve used Most Wanted as a template.
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